The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has embarked on the most significant reorganization since its founding. The fundamental objective is to bring FAO as close as possible to its Members. The reorganization requires more decentralized structure; a management system with increased delegation of authority; and an environment that encourages creativity and initiative.
The reorganization also strengthens FAO as a centre of excellence and a world reference centre with clear delineation of responsibility for global, regional and country-specific activities.
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In addition to its Headquarters in Rome, Italy, FAO has an extensive decentralized network of:
The principal function of the Regional Offices is the overall identification, planning and implementation of FAO's priority activities in the Region. They ensure a multi disciplinary approach to programmes; identify priority areas of action for the Organization in the Region and, in collaboration with departments and divisions at headquarters, advise on the incorporation of such priorities into the Organization's Programme of Work and Budget. The Regional Offices also implement approved programmes in the Regionm monitor the level of programme implementation,and draw attention to any problems and deficiencies.
Specific activities of the Regional Offices are to:
Ensure a multidisciplinary approach to projects and programmes implemented in the Region with FAO's technical assistance.
Report on the major developments and trends in countries of the Region, based on Regional and Sub-regional objectives for food and agriculture.
Organize the FAO Regional Conference for the Region, every two years.
Maintain policy and technical dialogue with and among FAO member countries, involving national and international institutions.
Follow up on the World Food Summit and issues related to Food Security in the Region.
Promote technical cooperation among the countries of the Region.
The Sub-regional Offices are part of the respective Regional Office and work closely with them. The Sub-regional Offices are primarily responsible for the overall planning of FAO activities in the Sub-region. With the guidance and support of the Regional Offices, they ensure a multi disciplinary approach to programmes, identify priority areas of action for the Sub-region; implement approved programmes in the Sub-region, and monitor the level of programme implementation and draw attention to any problems and deficiencies..
Specific activities of the Sub-regional Offices are to:
Ensure a multidisciplinary approach to projects and programmes implemented in the Sub-region with FAO's technical assistance.
Report on the major developments and trends in countries of the Sub-region, based on their objectives for food and agriculture.
Ensure policy and technical dialogue with and among FAO member countries, involving national and international institutions.
Follow up on the World Food Summit and issues related to Food Security in the Sub-region.
Promote technical cooperation among the countries
FAO is currently present through its Representations in the countries listed on this page. The main aim of these offices is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition; to help them to develop their agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable way.
Specific activities of the Country Offices are to:
Implement FAO's field projects and participating to the development of the Field Programme by identifying and formulating new projects and by liaising with local donor representations.
Help governments to prevent and assess the damage of disasters and assist them in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the agricultural sector.
Carry out public awareness activities and support some important FAO campaigns such as TeleFood and the World Food Day.
Provide assistance to technical and investment missions from FAO headquarters and from Regional or Sub-regional Offices to the country.
Serve as the channel of FAO's services to governments and other partners (donors, NGOs, CSOs, research institutions, etc.).
Keep FAO informed of major social and economic developments in the country and monitoring the situation of the agriculture sector in the country.
Represent FAO before host governments and all partners involved in FAO activities.
The Liaison Offices have been established at locations where many UN system organizations and other international, intergovernmental or non-governmental associations or organizations are working. They maintain relations with Members and external development partners operating in these locations. They monitor developments affecting nutrition, food and agriculture and represent the Organization at meetings which address matters that fall within the mandate of FAO.